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? "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. and we begin with serious winter weather that is moving east. rain, snow and wind that is snarling a lot of travel plans for those trying to make it home from holiday travels. it is the same storm system that is responsible for at least three deaths and spawned record-setting tornadoes in the south over the past 24 hours. we have it all covered, and we begin with the experts who are always out in the middle of these storms. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is just outside buffalo, new york. good evening to you, mike. >> hey, natalie. in buffalo, they're known for the snow. they average 8 feet of snowfall a season. but so far this year, they've only had 6 1/2 inches, leaving many to wonder, where's the white? that's all changing this evening. a major snowstorm has dumped over a foot of snow across parts of the midwest. indiana got hit hard. high winds adding to the misery there. >> it's a lot bett
four individuals have been placed on administrative leave pending further action. but, the "new york post" is now reporting that eric bosswell has not resigned and all four of those stated department employees are still on the state department's payroll. >> just shifted the deck chairs and they want to make the american people believe that the state department has held people accountable for their lack of security and sending help to four brave americans. this is incredibly inept of the state department to think that they can continue to fool the american public, pathetic. >> reporter: we've reached out to the state department for further comment but they have not yet denied or clarified any of this. jon? jon: hillary clinton obviously runs the state department. she is on her way out. john kerry, the nominee to replace her. is this going to affect his confirmation hearings at all? >> reporter: jon, the state department says at their end they're trying to keep things as smooth as possible. >> secretary clinton as you heard her say before has pledged to have a smooth transition with he
on him as the "new york sun" says tonight. i hope his wife understands commitments last a little longer than two years or something. >> whoa, hang on, hang on. that was a bit below the belt, grover. >> hey, if you think a commitment is not for as long as you make it for, the commitment for the pledge as peter king well knows when he signed it is as long as you're in congress you will rein in spending and reform government, not raise taxes. it's not for 500 years or two generations. it's only as long as you're in the house or the senate. if he stayed too long, that's his problem. but you don't tell the bank, oh, the mortgage, wasn't that long time ago? if you make a commitment, you keep it. >> coming up, was mitt romney done in by his own party? when we come back, the republican presidential candidates who may have inflicted mortal damage on him rather than president obama. >> i'm just going to go back to the empty chair, which was going to be todd akin, who was going to talk to me about what hide said about rape and women. since it's just the chair, my obvious question would have about
now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good evening to you. >> reporter: natalie, good evening to you. after his first meeting with all of the top four congressional lawmakers since before thanksgiving, the president marched into the briefing room here at the white house and he said the time for immediate action is now. he called for a bipartisan agreement and
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in webster, new york, just outside rochester, two of ,hose firefighters are dead, two are wounded. we begin with jim axelrod. >> reporter: just after 5:30 this morning, the volunteer firefighters in webster walked right into an ambush. >> we are being shot at, multiple firemen down. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. >> reporter: two of them were killed instantly. >> i'm pretty sure we have two d.o.a.s. >> reporter: gerald pickering is the police chief in webster. >> it does appear it was a trap that was set for first responders. >> reporter: police at the scene exchanged shots with the gunman, 62-year-old william spengler, who was barricaded on a berm near the house. the gun battle meant the fire could not be fought. seven homes were destroyed. an armored vehicle removed two of the firefighters and evacuated more than 30 people who lived nearby. the flag at the fire house in webster-- already at half-staff for the newtown victims-- will now stay lowered for michael chip writtenny, 43, who was also a police lieutenant in webster. and tomasz koczowka, who was in his early 20s and a full time
by the killer in rochester, new york, who targeted the firefighters as they responded to that massive fire. the gruesome reason he set his neighborhood aflame. >>> and a million-dollar mixup. this family got the wrong lottery ticket. and struck it rich. now, they say they're set for life. >>> and a very good wednesday morning to you, america. we hope you all had a very merry christmas, if it's something you celebrate. great to have all of you with us this morning. robin, george, lara at home with their families. great to have paula faris, and rachel smith, host of "on the red carpet" back with us this morning. >>> and we're back from the holidays. we're all thinking about returning the gifts, right? just kidding. there's people that are going to be in the return lines. becky worley is here on how to score on both. >>> let's get right to sam. he's been tracking the rough weather that's impacted millions over the week. >> some prepared for it. they were warned in advance. what a night. 34 tornadoes rocked that area. the previous christmas tornadoes had been 12 in 1969. when we tell you this
you. >> yes, ma'am, you too. >> and tonight the gun control battle is exploding. a suburban new york paper publishing the names and addresses of gun owners. who who does the interactive map really put in danger? steven joins us now. hi. great to have you tonight. >> hawaii, kimberly. >> we were talking about this earlier on the five. it's an excellent discussion to have. some people feel go ahead, i'm a proud gun owner. this is my right to defend myself and my family but other people said it's invasive to have it listed. it's essentially treating legal gun owners like listing them like sex offenders, the list is public and you are pointing out on the map, when you see the red dot exactly who owns a gun and where. what are your thoughts? >> look. the question i think with respect to the newspaper is the decision to publish the names is a question of whether they should publish it or weather at the can publish it. i don't think there are many people saying the newspaper should have been prohibited from publishing this information or including these names or dots on this data base. the
are getting some twitter for rick. what is new york city looking like with a nor'easter on thursday. i want to know the answer on that. deadly storm system that pounded the midwest with storm and thousands of tornados heading northeast this morning. oh, my god. that is a tornado. oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> gretchen: that funnel cocloud was spot indeed mobile, alabama and 10s of thens of people now without power. >> i prayed to god as loud as i could . praying for my safety and i knew and prayed that the truck stayed put and god would protect me. the brutal winds tossed the cars on top of each other and left the neighborhood a complete disaster. >> i never saw one in real life and just to be able to hear one, it is it a mile from where we are. it pretty amazing. toppled treese ended up killing two people in texas and louisiana. oklahoma got about seven inches of snow in that state . the weather was to blame for a massive car pile up on interstate 40. a woman died in another highway crash nearby. >> we talked about the flights all over the u.s. are cancelled . logan internat
, in much of upstate new york, they've canceled preemptively the flights out of there for tomorrow and here's why. here is the big snow picture. kind of the snow sweet spot from cleveland through i-90 and in toward buffalo, rochester, syracuse, so it is all lifting to the north. the same storm that we have seen bring feet of snow elsewhere. so going a little bit closer, you can see very dark white is heavy snow, maybe 1, 2 inches an hour. and right along the lakefront, cleveland, erie, buffalo and points down. so i-86, i-90, i-80, i-80 tonight we'll watch the snow lift farther north and then driving perilous conditions tomorrow. really in upstate new york and western new york. and part of the problem is is that we thought thehave these i strong winds. right now indy gusting to 33 miles an hour. as far south as nashville, cleveland, as well, 32-mile-per-hour wind gusts. and that axis of winds is pushing into the northeast for upstate no, late tonight and really balance of tomorrow. in terms of the blizzard, there's the blizzard warning now. it's down to just a few counties. in north central
to celebrate christmas. back to you in new york. merry christmas and we'll check back in later. >> pime in virginia, waking up to a white christmas. charlottesville is a beautiful town. big tornado threat . look at the weather maps. we'll show you the current temperatures it is cold out there. two degrees in rapid stee and in minneapolis . we are big problems that are happening for todaytomorrow and thursday that causes a lot of difficulties for travel. you know what, i have my clicker. >> you have had tech problems. rick lost his ipad. >> get it together. what is going on. >> this is it a tech problem. can you fix it >> there is it big fog problems in atlanta. they can't see 10 feet. >> i will show you weather maps and there is big fog. we could have talked about the biggest tonch torn outbreak. houston to alabama and any place in between. watch that closely . >> thoo is frustrating if you are trying to travel get to your family. you want to be home. >> you need to be safe more than anything . >> if you have an option of going to a basement or not, choose the one with the basement. cou
with the apparent ambush that has literally stunned a small town in upstate new york this christmas eve. volunteer firefighters had just arrived at the scene of a growing fire when a gunman started shooting at them from outside killing two of those first responders. the police chief says that shooter likely set the fire as a trap and was just waiting for fire crews to show up. it all happened early this morning in webster, new york, that's some 20 minutes outside of rochester. the shooting wounding two other first responders along with an off-duty police officer. listen to this. you can hear one responders dramatic reaction in this radio scanner sound. >> we're being shot at multiple firemen down. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. i think it was an assault rifle. we have multiple firemen down. working fire. >> jamie: community is in shock. investigators say that according to initial evidence, the gunman apparently ended it all by shooting himself in the head. police have identified that shooter as 62-year-old william spangler. they say he lived at one of the houses that went up in flames and he pr
like pennsylvania and new york. some minor disruptions during the day today. the bigger story is what happens during the day tomorrow. we think we're going to see a widespread severe weather outbreak probably in eastern texas, louisiana, mississippi alabama, and georgia. we may see numerous tornadoes, some of them could be on the strong side. so we urge you to stay vigilant if you're in the southeast. what we also have going on on the northern side of this system is a lot of heavy snow. it's good news and bad news. the good news is a white christmas in places like oklahoma city, little rock and maybe southern parts of st. louis. the bad news is this storm moves into the ohio valley, great lakes, and interior northeast on wednesday. some places seeing over a foot of snow, and that's going to cause major travel problems as we head on into wednesday, especially, and probably thursday morning as well. jeff? >> jeff, thank you very much. >>> ten days after the connecticut school shooting, the debate over gun control continues after the national rifle association took q
callum in the new york studio. we watched last night an emotional memorial service. hundreds of people packed into the auditorium at newtown high school. president obama meeting first and separately with the families of those who were lost. it must have have been a very difficult meeting for all involved in that room last night. we saw representatives from ail faiths, many faiths taking the stage with a message of hope and reance. >> i know that newtown will prevail it is a defining moment for our town but it will not define us. >> i assure you at beginning of winter i see the beginning of a snowfall. i will think of those 27 souls lost just a few days ago. each time the day gets a little longer i will think and dream of the lives that might have been and the lives that were so full of grace. bill: president obama then took the stage +++zq% >> allison. god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on. make our country worthy of their memory. bill: we get to the gruesome details that occurred on this site. right around this time on friday morning.
details about that shocking christmas crime in upstate new york. a gunman who ambushed and killed two firefighters left behind a chilling note about his deadly plan. with more, abc's linsey davis is here with the latest. this is a tough one. >> reporter: it really is. lots of new developments to report, including that the death toll has risen to three. and the gun recovered by police, a military-style semiautomatic bushmaster, the same used in the elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut. investigators continue to comb through what's left of this webster home. the scene of an ambush attack set by this man, william spengler, that killed two firefighters and injured two others. overnight, news that a body has been found in the rubble of the spengler home, possibly his sister, cheryl spengler, who neighbors say he had a strained relationship. emotions are high, as fellow firefighters face the grim reality of burying their own. >> intended to burn his neighborhood down and tried to put down as many people as possible before stopping. >> reporter: police say spengler fired from a
early this morning. that bralanedwars acquired by the new york jets had a ham string. >> steve: joel is america's biggest jet's fan. >> gretchen: that is insider information. >> brian: he had a bounce in the step. >> gretchen: luckily i know who that is. should we kick off the show with headlines. we now know the identity of the shooter in the mall . he had no history of trouble but his ex-girlfriend said he quit his job in the derks li and sold all of his belongings and bought a ticket to hawaii. >> she wishes to express shock and grief the events in the shopping she has no explanation or understanding of her son's behavior. >> ros killed a 54 year old nurse and 45 year old father of two, steven forsyth. a 15 year old was seriously injured . robertson took his own life. late last night john fee -- macfee arrived in the united states. >> this morning i was in jail and today here i am. i am not worried at all. if i am in front of a court they will not send me back. they have no evidence . >> gretchen: macfee is wanted in the country of bealize for the murder of his neighbor. we'll hea
ahead. fox news alert in upstate new york as authorities piece together what led to a gunman opening fire yesterday on christmas eve at four firefighters ballistic link and i tense inferno. police say the gunman set his house on fire to lure the first responders, then proceeded to ambush them, killing two and occurring two others. the gunman dent find as an ex-con then willed himself. police have the gruesome task of looking for more victims in the charred ruins. >> the fire has it under control. there are seven houses totally distrade at the scene. there is still an active crime scene. we have yet to get into any of the homes. >> our david lee miller is following this story live from our new york sued those. david lee these are first responders doing what they do best going into the scene of a fire and never expected anything like this especially on christmas eve. >> that's what made the story especially tragic. now the questions, are there more victims? what was the mow tpeuf for th motive for the ambush that killed two firefighters. a hundred people attended a memorial vigil last
. lawyers from both sides meeting with a judge in new york city. charges were dropped but the former maid filed a civil suit against the kahn who was once considered a strong candidate to become president of france. >>> in a florida murder trial, didi meyers will not take the witness stand. she is charged with swindling, shakespeare out of $17 million and murdering him and burying his body. >> police are asking the help to solve the case. jack and jerry mcgee were shot to death excuse style last december. police believe the murders were well-planned but they have yet to identify any sus speck. jenna: a weather alert. parts of the upper midwest are digging out after powerful winter blast. this is blizzard conditions as you see on your screen and bringing record snowfall. meteorologist maria molina is live from the fox weather center with more. maria? >> that's right, we saw significant snowfall across portions of the midwest over the weekend. that is actually somewhat good news for the peel. we're looking at a lack of snowfall across the area over last several weeks. finally additional sno
packed bethlehem. >> and catholics flocked to the cathedral of the immaculate conception. >> new york's faithful will gather today. >> my prayer is that the world will learn to live together. >> the town of western new york mourning the loss of two firefighters shot to death in an ambush. >> the gunman set fire to a car and a house to lure firefighters to his home. >> concerns about the weather. it does not end with snow and rain. >> tornados could pop up from texas to florida. >> travelers heading home for christmas face a delay when their plane caught on fire. no injuries are reported. >> a dramatic relation cue of man nearly washed away by the rain-swollen river. >> he had no energy left. >> jack klugman has passed away. he is best known for playing "the odd couple." >> chuck pagano returned to his team as he continues to battle leukemia. >> i asked bruce to take over. you had to win nine games? >> all that matters. >> first lady michelle obama answers calls on the santa tracking program. >> on the third day of christmas -- >> my true love gave to me.
-kahn has settled a civil suit filed by a new york city hotel maid accuwho accused him various items. criminal charges against him were dropped. >>> the state of hawaii is no longer 50th in voter turnout. it's tied for 49th with west virginia. this time around, they've got company at the bottom. both west virginia and hawaii tenned out 44.2% of its voters in 2012. >>> the duke of cambridge decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at a military event to be with his pregnant wife. katherine has been battling acute morning sickness. they are supposeded to attend the royal premiere of "the hobbit" tomorrow but the daily mail says katherine may not be well enough to go. >> if he skips the hobbit for her, that is true love. i'll be impressed. >> thank you. 17 minutes past the hour. time for early reads, local news making national headlines. we're starting with the charlotte news and observer in north carolina where a federal judge ruled the state cannot issue choose life license plates without offering ones with different view points. he called it viewpoint discrimination and violation of
this photo was released by olivia's mother and appeared in the new york post this morning and as we continue to talk about what unfolded that day and of course, you look at the horrible images and many people were reminded what happened and unfolded in columbine, of course. then on friday, this was exacerbated this discussion about gun control and whether or not there should be armed guards in every school put forward by the n.r.a. if you think about one town in marlboro, new jersey has adopted now what appears to be a program, they've certainly moved quickly on this, going to permit an armed cop in each of the nine schools starting on january 2nd. >> kelly: they actually launched this prior to the n.r.a., something they were putting in place on the heels of what took place at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. they wanted to do something, the mayor of that town said we will spare no expense, we must take care of our children and why they're putting armed guards in all of their schools, getting back to what the n.r.a. said, the n.r.a. wayne laperriere said the only way to
scissors. exclusive report in the new york postsaid that chief linebacker had dinner and drinkks with another woman friday night and spent the night in her apartment and then returned home and spot shot his girlfriend. this could be about domestic violence. in 2006, he punched his fist through a window because he was upset with the girl. according to the cvc shaping up to be a bad one. this strain is a great match for this year's vaccine. 120 million americans have received flu shots. give her an ambassador job. according to bloomburg news. the editor of vogue may be ambassador to france. the white house had no comment. those are the headlines. that happens all of the time. ambassadorships are favors. 92 but what is her qualification aside from being editor. >> brian: and supporter of mrs. assad. >> gretchen: if you went back in time and look at other ambassador ships >> chris: it could doesn't go to her could go to mr. blackwell. >> brian: finallyy a royall baby bump. kate middleton is meg frant. this morning a scare and why she's in the hospital. >> steve: little boys as well .
no intention of running. sfoo right now at least. and a might of 1,000 rock stars in new york city. the boss, paul mccartney, bon jovi, billy joel, alicia keys, among others, all coming together to raise money for hurricane sandy victims. keep fans rocking well past midnight. ♪ ♪ who says you can't go home there's only one place they call you one of their own a hometown boy born a rolling stone ♪ >> and a late night for those of you watching at home. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live many washington. we're another step closer to the cliff, but still far from a deal. our nbc news-wall street journal poll shows that both sides of the aisle are going to catch a lot of heat if there isn't a compromise. joining me now for our daily fix, chris and managing editor post politics.com and nbc news senior political editor mark murray. thanks to both of where you. both of you have been writing about the poll, absorbing the poll, looking at all the details. first to you. what is your biggest take-away about the warning signs for a politician in both parties if they don't reach a deal? >> well, fir
with the same sort of problem in new york city . listen to how he handled it >> i was given a report that said you have to raise taxes and said nothing about reducing spending. i was not an economic expert. i became one after becoming mayor in new york. i said it makes no sense. if i raises tax now. i will have to do it in two or four years. i will try to do something different. lower taxings. i in the beginning but a little bit and two or three years lower taxings. we had a three billion surplus and unemployment dropped from 10.5 to six percent . the city was humming. bowles is rightt, this is a spending problem. >> steve: absolutely. the thing is if washington simply when we send our taxings. if they sent it wisely it would be one thing. but you hear about so much waste and stuff going by the side . they want more taxes. you think they will those efficiently? of course not. >> gretchen: you want to know the newest powerball winner. why his financial advisors are telling him to take the money and ruin now before the fiscal cliff. >> brian: millions of dollars in a green company only to sell i
in new york. >> back in the '80s and very early '90s japan actually overpaid. they bought the pebble beach golf course in california and bought rockefeller center in new york. various other properties and paid huge dollars for them and lot of their shirts. this time around with china is not the case. you can't say they're paying a lot of money for aig's plane leasing business or a123. martha: stuart, thank you. see you coming up on the business channel. bill: here is the question for you. how much american debt does china actually own? as the largest foreign owner of u.s. debt it owns more than a trillion dollars in treasury securities. china's holding of u.s. debt has increased 56% over the course of the obama presidency which comes out to about $400 billion more. it has bought or invested in more than $15 billion in more than 100 u.s. companies going pack to january of 2010. that is influence. martha: new numbers raising fresh concerns here at home about our economy. the u.s. consumer spending numbers showing signs of weakening after four months of gains. experts blame things like
is that in new york? >> 100 yuans to the dollar. >> so five cents. >> most people use six-month passes for about 100 yuan. >> so a dollar? >> yes. very cheap. that's a pretty good deal. we're moving now. it's pretty smooth. >> but sometimes it goes dark. electricity shortages are always a problem in north korea. we went to this high school where the students were in cold classrooms with overcoats. so cold you could see their breath. the rooms were not well-lit. all right. here we are, this is the square, as you can see, it's huge. it's magnificent and they often have events here which is totally understandable. these are all government buildings over here. you can see the foreign ministry and then see this marvelous structure over here. this is a brisk, cold day on this friday here in pyongyang. but it's nice. there's not a whole lot of traffic here. it's icy. the streets are snowy. i see a lot of people shoveling and there you see the communist government. you see lennon, you see marx. it's brisk, it's lovely, it's a nice day here in pyongyang. >> we drove all over the north korea capital, saw
. that's the charge of this group. >> i'll read to you a line from maureen dowd's column in "the new york times" yesterday. she was talking about the future of the republican party. you guys are going to be taking a closemayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. the world of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. when it came to white guys, the republicans still do well. >> that's why i salute chairman wright's pribus for forming this. if you don't change with a country while maintaining your countries and your ideology but making those principles more believable, you're not doing your job. ronald regular be wasagan was a that. keep a conservative base and make it attractive to the middle. there's room to be a conservative party that has ideas thidea s ideas that sell not only with the conservative base but with a group much bigger because the ideas are good ones. we cannot just be a party of white people. when reagan was elected, 88% of the voters were white. today, it's 72%. you do the math. >> how do you go out and reass
that are trying to rebuild. our national correspondent deborah feyerick is joining us from new york with more information. what's going on here, deb? >> you know, wolf, a number of people who have already started complaining about breathing problems and the problem is likely to only get worse. every day nancy suits up for a battle she's determined to win. >> i give myself four hours. you do both sides and the top. >> reporter: bleach, hydrogen peroxi peroxide, vinegar, even professionals have not been able to kill the flood in the wake of sandy's floodwaters. >> i'm trying to stay ahead of it. >> reporter: thousands of volunteers from world care center have been gutting houses ripping out floors, walls and insulation if not cleaned properly mold continues to grow and can make people very sick. >> it's everywhere. >> reporter: dan has seen it before. the mold can multiply and become a toxic situation. >> reporter: he travels the country with an organization that helps people affected by hurricanes and floods. people will get sick. >> you will see upper respiratory issues and allergies going on
digestive issues. that's terrible. >>> the "new york times," this story got so much attention locally here and around the nation. the homeless man who received a pair of shoes from a selfless police officer. reporters caught up with him on the upper west side and his new boots were nowhere to be seen. jeffrey hillman said the shoes are hidden because they are worth a lot of money and he could lose his life after them. hillman said he was honorably discharged after serving in the army in the 1970s and 1980s. >>> for an expanded look at our top stories, head to our blog. >>> a dolphin at sea world bites a girl and the whole terrifying event was caught on camera by her own father. we have that on tape after this quick break. many of my patients still clean their dentures with toothpaste. but they have to use special care in keeping the denture clean. dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can multiply. polident is designed to clean dentures daily. its unique micro-clean formula kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria and
. and there's already article. a "new york times" article today about michael cooper about what will happen with the gun debate. we've had sorts of stories written after abby gifford was shot. it seems like something has changed but maybe it's because of the moral obscenity that it's so past anything conceivable. and so, i wanted to trace for a moment, as we're thinking about where the white house is going to be on the. everyone is talking about the president, where the president has been in the past. what the trajectory of his stance on this issue is. he's moved in one direction and quite directionally without much wavering back and forth. as a young politician he was in the area of the country with some of the strictest gun safety regime in the country and incredible political constituency for that. he was a strong advocate. in 1996, when running for state senate illinois when asked, do you support legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns and he answered, yes." later a staff in 2007 of his campaign told politico a staff member had answered that question for him
in places like pennsylvania and new york. minor disruptions during the day today. but the bigger story is what happens during the day tomorrow. we think we'll see a widespread outbreak, eastern texas, mississippi, alabama, and georgia. we may see numerous tornadoes. me of them may be on the strong side. we urge you to stay individual leapt if you're in the southeast. and what we also have going on on the northern side of this system is a lot of heavy snow. it's good news and bad news. the good news is white christmas like little rock and southern parts of st. louis. the bad news is this storm moves into the ohio valley, great lakes, and interior northeast on wednesday. some places are seeing over a foot of snow, and that's going to cause major travel problems as we head on into wednesday probably and thursday morning as well. jeff? >> thank you very much. >>> the debate over gun control continues after the national rifle association took questions for the first time since newtown. america's largest gun rights group says we don't need new laws. chip reid is in washington with that story
reasons to leave them all behind, just in a new york state of mind. alisyn: that sounds tkpw-frplt the musical a-list hit new york's madison square garden for a concert to benefit the victims of hurricane sandy. the sold out show seen on 37 television stations in the u.s. and more than 200 others worldwide. it's believed 2 billion people tuned in to watch this event. so how much money did it raise? we have the news editor and host of "wall street journal" business of celebrity. widley hawk kings joins me now. >> the numbers are still coming in. we'll have bicker numbers at the end ever the day. we can already say the event raised a total of $48 million after last night. that was 35 million that they made before the event, and then 13 million in additional ticket sales last night. that doesn't include phone donations and merchandise. >> it doesn't include the phone donations that came in during the show last night? >> right, right, this is a huge number. there will probably be another number that comes in according to chase spokes people at end of the day. alisyn: they were ab
to target bieber and his bodyguard. the timing was to coincide with the bieber concert at new york city's madison square garden in late november. mr. martin indicated that their ultimate target was j.b., reads the affidavit. it says martin became infatuated with the pop singer, even getting a tattoo of him on his leg. mr. martin stated that he had attempted to solicit correspondents on numerous occasions between victim three and him and victim three never returned in kind. martin, according to the document, was seeking notoriety. cnn legal contributor, paul callan. >> pretty much vague talk about hurting somebody is not actionable. it's only a crime when you do something concrete in furtherance of the killing or the conspiracy. and law enforcement says that's what happened here. >> reporter: and what happened is that two men allegedly traveled from new mexico to vermont to carry out two murders. but according to police, the plot was foiled because of a missed highway exit, and the men wound up at the u.s./canada border crossing. officers discovered a warrant for 41-year-old mark stake a
. folks in ohio and pennsylvania and western new york facing winter storm warnings. this after a storm ripped across the central part of the country. we have mike towbin at chicago o'hare. mike, good morning. reporter: you know, if you are getting on your plane at jfk at lax and you are not delayed by the chicago o'hare ripple effect, you can thank the guy who built lake michigan but next to chicago. as we look at the board, no red color. there are some flight cancellations out of o'hare, but they are due to a myriad of reasons, mechanical problems, bad weather, and icy roads where the planes have to win. big crowds right now, but that is because there are so many people. some 200,000 people are going over the holidays. going through chicago o'hare alone. he will have crowds for a visa to get to the airport early. busiest travel day of the year. but it looks like you're going home to see grandma from airborne to make it. bill: some people are criticizing cancellations because some snow did not hit in certain areas. what's going on? reporter: wisconsin, in particular, they got some 20 i
with a set of concrete proposals and new york governor andrew cuomo said thursday he'll push for a new package of gun safety legislation including conmiss skags or mandatory sale of residents' guns to the state. that idea sounds impractical, consider that that was already done in australia. after a mass shooting in that country killed 35 people in 1996, australia's national firearms' act effectively banned assault weapons. the guns were banned and the buy-back program was kpucompuls. they decide after the law took effect the gun homicide rate in that country dropped by 42%. you should also know that 11 gun massacres occurred in the decade before awe stral yee national firearms act and there have been zero mass shootings since, according to the study published in 2009. of course, can that kind of proven policy response is not your thing, there's those like wayne la pierre that have different ideas like packing public schools with armed security officers, a notion so far afield the neerk post, owned by the right-wing but pro gun safety, require perth murdoch printed this page yesterday f
to places like new york city or cities in our state and i've always said those exceptions in the absence of a tougher federal legislation is not good for connecticut, not good for our cities and, again, i also have firmly believed that these high-capacity magazines are extremely dangerous. having said that, being in the top five, i think there have been people who previously thought they've done enough in connecticut. i'm not saying i'm one of those. i doubt there is one of those left. >> -- do you think it meets this state law, our state laws -- >> it's been pointed out, and i've taken the time to point it out, that we could be compliant with the previous assault weapons ban limitation by going from a 30 magazine to a 10 magazine. i think that's a commonsense piece of legislation that could be taken up. >> -- enough information to say mental illness played a part in this -- this situation, and how would you go about improving what seems to be a very fractured mental health system? >> the -- with respect -- i don't have a diagnosis. it's possible that the criminal investigation may have
directing new york city traffic. >> brian: the winner of the x factor will be joining us live. if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio. steve, you'll be joining me, right? >> steve: i will. weather alert. serious trouble for millions of americans hoping to travel for the holiday. check out the storm system. it is powerful. moving through the central part of u.s., upper plains. blizzard and winter storm warnings for nebraska and great lakes. deep south tornado sirens blaring. mobile, alabama, roofs have been ripped off, trees topple. a powerful storm moves through there. a warning in effect in mobile, alabama. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: why don't we get normal weather. always something extreme. it is causing delays and cancellations. they're trying to get home. going through chicago o'hare's airport the nation's second busiest airport. they're having a tough time. live screen left, you see minneapolis. screen right you see storm damage where it already went through in mobile, alabama. could be a rough couple days out there as the head -- storm heads o
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. i saw an ad in one of the new york papers asking people to sign up. this issue is not going away. we as a country better damn we will figure out how to do more than one thing at a time. fiscal cliff, very important. public safety and gun violence, very important. getting people back to work in america, very important. we can actually do more than one thing at a time. mayors across the country do that every day. >> well said. thank you very much, mayor michael nutter. happy new year to you, sir, and eugene robinson my colleague here. >>> that, of course, was chris matthews with philadelphia mayor michael nutter and eugene robinson. we're going to take a break now and then we'll be hearing from president obama on the fiscal cliff talks. this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps control cravings all day long. ♪ quit one day at a time with nicoderm cq. omnipotent of opport
on the sidewalks of new york city. martha: all right. let's switch our attention over to this now because hidden in the new obamacare law is a fee that will be passed on to millions of americans as part of the law. it's a $63 per person fee and it kicks in 2013. just a little more than 12 months away right now. the fee is meant to help cover the people who have preexisting conditions. that is part of the thing that everybody is so pleased about, the preexisting conditions will be covered but of course everything has to be paid for. that will cost every single individual $63 a year. now the obama administration says that the fee will only be temporary. that it will phase out in 2017 because of all savings will be enjoyed by the health care plan overall. unless of course congress decides to extend it which they usually do, right? matt mccall joins me, president of the penn financial group. 63 bucks a head. that is not pocket change. >> no it's not. a lot of people say, what is $63. i spend that on dinner or a christmas present. what they don't realize multiply that by everybody out there that beco
american. we say good morning. live in new york. i'll bill hemmer. well come here. anytime we talk about the fiscal cliff good day for me. nice to see you, martha. martha: somewhat of a relief. you know, welcome back. bill: thank you. martha: tough few days up there for you and for everybody else. we're going to get to a little bit more of that in a little while but for now we want to focus own the speaker of the house, that man, john boehner, trying to work out a deal with president obama as they discussed president's latest offer. calls for raising 1.2 trillion is the number being raised by revenue, taxes, basically over the next 10 years. it keeps in place the bush-era tax cuts for anyone making less, this is the new magic number on this. it was 250 as you remember. now they're at 400,000. some people think it should be a million dollars. lots of negotiating still to come. bill: we're told that is a big concession. sources tell us significant issues remain on the table. they are working on finer details. stuart varney with analysis. first, chief political correspondent carl cameron is
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